Didn’t take Phil Goff long to threaten rates hikes of up to 16%

Phil Goff is just like Len Brown, but with his pants up.

He has been posturing for weeks over fuel taxes or tolls or some other way to pay for his dopey train set he inherited from Len Brown.

Now his cunning plan has been revealed. He is going to blame the government for ratcheting up rates by a threatened 16%.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff will have to find a new way to fund the city’s much-needed transport projects.

Cabinet has officially ruled out introducing a regional fuel tax to cover the city’s $400 million annual transport funding shortfall.

Mr Goff says the council is running out of alternatives to increasing rates by 16 percent next year.  

How about cutting costs you dopey bastard…there are plenty of costs there to be cut.

But Finance Minister Steven Joyce said the council may need to consider private funding, because a fuel would be inefficient and unfair.

“We don’t have national pricing in New Zealand.

“It’s quite possible that people in Southland could end up paying for a regional fuel tax in Auckland.”

Road tolls could be introduced in Auckland, but they won’t raise any extra transport funds.

Road tolls in Auckland will only be introduced by a government intent on losing.

The Government’s now officially considering electronic road tolls for motorways and arterial routes in the medium to long term.

But proceeds won’t be used to help cover the funding shortfall.

Mr Joyce said it would be used to reduce the number of motorists using the city’s limited transport corridors.

“You do actually have to consider what the longer-term looks like.

“Auckland is built on an isthmus, it is narrowly constrained through central Auckland, and there is a limit to how many transport corridors there are.”

The Government is ruling out a regional fuel tax to help cover transport costs.

Phil Goff is just deceitful, he campaigned on low rates increases, and now he is signalling 16% rates hikes.

All of those who voted for Phil Goff should hang their heads in shame. He’s no more fit for the job than Len Brown was. Out of his depth, out of ideas, it was just the last trough availible for a life-long trougher.

 

– NewstalkZB

 


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